Younger mountain bikers are being encouraged to sign up for a new race series taking place this autumn.
A new series of events for younger mountain bikers is launching in Scotland this autumn. The Big Tree Campervans Tayside & Fife Regional Youth MTB Series 2013 is open to eight to 16-year-old riders, who can compete on basic hard-tail mountain bikes.
The first race of the series is the Dirt Crit at Middleden in Kirkcaldy on September 22.
Run by Tayside and Fife cycling clubs, the events are also supported by Scottish Cycling and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland.
The series of five races will give young riders the chance to develop a range of MTB skills and try all disciplines of mountain biking.Â Participants will experience downhill riding, XC racing and endurance mountain biking.
Growing Scottish mountain biking scene
Graeme McLean, project manager of Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, said: â€œThere is a growing mountain bike scene in Tayside & Fife.Â The race series will provide children and young people with a local, fun and accessible entry into the sport of mountain biking.â€
Mountain biking in Tayside and Fife is reportedly set for a boom as new trails are added to popular riding hotspots such as Lochore Meadows in Fife, Comrie Croft and Alyth Hill in Perthshire, as well as Templeton Woods in Dundee.
Graeme added: â€œI have no doubt that the Commonwealth Games 2014 will increase the interest in mountain biking and add to our already global reputation of being a world class destination. It truly is an exciting time for mountain biking in Scotland.â€
The series winner of each age category (both boys & girls) will win a two-day family hire of a Big Tree Campervan to create their own adventure.
Backing from local family business
Owner of the family business, Big Tree Campervans, Simon Yearsley explains why he was keen to get involved.Â He said: â€œBoth my son and IÂ are regular mountain bikers and would love to see more people get involved in this fantastic sport. Wee were keen to sponsor a series that encourages grassroots racing.
â€œAs a business we promote the idea of adventure, and with a bike, a campervan and Scotlandâ€™s amazing scenery and trails you can create one of the best adventures ever!â€
To ensure the series can sustain beyond 2013 Scottish Cycling received sportscotland SPORTSMATCH funding to match the financial contribution of Big Tree Campervans.
22ndÂ September â€“ Dirt Crit at Middleden, Kirkcaldy
29thÂ SeptemberÂ â€“ Dirt Crit at Dundee, Templeton Woods
19thÂ OctoberÂ â€“ Endurance Round at Hairy Coo, Comrie Croft
10thÂ NovemberÂ â€“ Mini-DH at Kinnoull Hill, Perth
17thÂ NovemberÂ â€“ Dirt Crit at Outdoor Education, Lochore Meadows Fife
The cost for each round is Â£10 per racer (in advance).
For more information and to enter the series visit www.scottishcycling.org.uk